Merry Meet!

When I found out that my favourite author was going to be doing a signing in London, I had to go. Especially as she rarely comes to this part of the world due to her fear of flying.

You see my favourite author writes two of my favourite series of books. Books I have re-read four and five times over (no easy feat considering one series is 24 books and counting). They are my go to books when I need to escape life. 

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember; devouring books and I hope that Emma will be the same.

Laurell K Hamiltons books have graced not only my bookshelves and my kindle but also the NY Bestseller List; that’s how good she is.

Her books pull you in. The first one I read, happened to be book 12 in the Anita Blake series. Not the greatest book to start a series on, it was quite confusing; but I was hooked. I own every book released now, and continue to collect them.

Today was amazing. I stood on a queue for three hours before finally getting to meet my heroine. The woman who inspired me to write my own stories. 

I don’t think there have been many occasions where I have felt this happy; this ecstatic; this elated than I do right now. The excitement at the start was immense.  

 Then I met Jon, Laurells husband. He was awesome. Told him that I was so excited and star struck to be meeting Laurell; he was great, calmed my nerves and made me laugh. He pointed out my tattoo and gave me a fist bump, we’re both lovers of seratonin! 

And then. Then.

There she was; saying hello, and I told her how much I loved her *cringe* and that she inspired me to write. She was amazing.  

Absolutely an amazing experience. And I got to meet Media Minion Jess too 🙂

Thank you Laurell! Thank you Forbidden Planet for making it happen!

I’m happy, beyond measurement.

Take Two

It is no surprise to many that I am a book worm and addict.  I have been since I was knee high to a grasshopper.  I was reading on my own at two and a half years old.  By the age of seven I spent my summer holidays hidden away at the local library, every year until I was ten. I love to read.  Getting a new book in a much loved series sends me giddy with excitement.

As I got older, my tastes changed, I went from Sweet Valley and the Babysitters Club to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, to John Grisham, Stephen King and James Patterson, then to Tess Gerritsen and Linda Fairstein. Then I stumbled across a Laurell K Hamilton Book, Incubus Dreams, and urban fantasy was my new drug. Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Vincent, in fact if you give me a novel that contains Vampires, Weres, Shifters, Zombies, Faeries, Witches and the like, then I will read it and probably add it to my collection.

So when I came across Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series, I was hooked.

I devoured this series like a starved child eating a slice of birthday cake. After each book I hungered for the next one.  At the moment I’ve not had the time nor finances to buy the final 2 books, but I crave them none-the-less.

So when I heard the news in 2008 and that Sookie Stackhouse and her scrumptious vampires and weres and shifters and faes were hitting the silver screen, I was ecstatic! Couldn’t wait.

Southern Vampires was being turned into a TV series called True Blood.

Must. Watch.

So in 2010, I tuned into watch the first episode and I wasn’t quite sure.  I had my concerns, after all books that are turned into movies are often nothing much like the book, things get missed out, things get added in, and the actors and actresses that portray your favorite characters are not what you’d imagined when reading. I was apprehensive. Surely they have much more freedom with a TV series than they do with a movie, but I wasn’t holding my breath.

Sure enough, after the 7th episode of Season One, I declared to my husband and fellow Stackhouse lovers that I refused to watch it, my disappointment was evident. I stopped watching.

Then 2 weeks ago, whilst on Twitter, one of my followers mentioned True Blood and we got talking, she (Cecily) said that I should really give it a try.  Like me she was a fan of the book series, and she loved the show. OK. Everyone deserves a second chance, so lets give this another go.

I got the first series and pushed past the 8th episode.  I was still unsure, but I persevered.

I got the second series and by episode three I’d already got the third and fourth series. By the end of the third series, I’d got the fifth series.

Despite the producers taking a few things differently to the books (artistic license and the like) I am as hooked as I am to the books.

It doesn’t hurt that the male characters cast are so incredibly yummy looking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screw you Edward Cullen, I’m all for Eric Northman now. Although Jean-Claude still holds a certain part of my heart.

Ahoy! Weekend Ahead!

I can’t remember the last time I had such a busy weekend. No, really, I can’t.
My weekends are normally spent lounging around my apartment, cooking, cleaning, reading, watching TV and spending copious amounts of my day on twitter.

Back in August I moved jobs, from shift work back into a Monday to Friday 9 – 5 job. I had my weekends free again and was so out of touch with having weekends free that I didn’t really embrace them. Instead I just did pretty much nothing.
I’ve had a few really busy weekends, but they’d been planned months in advance, things like weddings or parties etc. This weekend is going to be so busy.

Saturday morning will be spent tidying my home and trying to hide the numerous Christmas gifts that are currently littering my hallway.

After lunch, I have to go and meet friends so we can go and squee at the latest Twilight Saga film; Breaking Dawn Part 1. I can’t help it. I love the books and the films.

Supernatural Romance, Vampires, Faeries, Weres, Witches, Shapeshifters are my genre of choice and have been for a long time, and I doubt that will ever change.

I then have a group of fantastic women coming to my house (hence the earlier cleaning) for drinking, eating, and general laughs and conversation.

Sunday I get to meet one of my favourite authors. Kit Berry, author of the Stonewylde series. I am mega excited about this. Of all my favourite authors, Kit is the one author that interacts with her fans (me) the most on Twitter, followed by Yasmine Galenorn and Laurell K Hamilton. I will most likely try my hardest not to be an over-excited geek, but I suspect I will most likely fail.

Let me take this moment to tell you about Kit and her wonderful magical world of Stonewylde.

There will be five books in the Stonewylde Series; the final book is due to be published in 2012. The series started off as a Trilogy, but it carried on. The current book in the series is Shadows at Stonewylde (which I will be buying and getting signed on Sunday!) Kit started writing the stories for Stonewylde in 2003 following a strange encounter with a golden hair in the woods near her home. She went through 13 rejections before deciding to self-publish. In 2009 she decided to try and find another publisher to take on the Stonewylde series, so that she could continue writing, and here we are today. Stonewylde is published by Gollancz and can be purchased through the Stonewylde website, online bookstores such as Amazon and Waterstones, as well as many good bookshops around the world.
Stonewylde is an alternative community, hidden away in the heart of Dorset and ruled by the charismatic Magus. It’s a place of standing stones and earth energy. Within a great stone circle the eight pagan festivals are celebrated and ancient rites performed. The thirteen full moons are honoured and the people live natural and uncomplicated lives, as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.* It’s a story about a young girl and her mother who move away from the modern world to Stonewylde, there are twists and turns, joy and happiness and sadness. It’s a series of magic and love and friendship, of nature and mystery. It’s addictive to read and you get sucked into Stonewylde and whisked away to another world. If you’re looking for a series to read, then I recommend Stonewylde.

I’m really looking forward to this weekend!

*taken from Kit Berry’s website

The Genre of Abuse

Ever since Dave Pelzer’s book “A Child Called It” hit the shelves, it seems that hundred of other people have chosen to write about their childhood/teenage experiences of abuse.  I call this the Genre of Abuse.

I enjoy reading, in fact enjoy is a bit of an understatment.  I have hundreds of books, I’d have so much more if I could. I’m the type of girl who checks out 10 books at a time from the library and reads them in a week.  So when Dave Pelzers book came out, I thought, “ooh wonder what this is about”, read the inside cover, decided it wasn’t really my thing, but I’d give it a go anyway.  I got to page 7.  After that I vowed that I’d never read a book about child abuse experiences ever again.

On Wednesday I picked up a book by Toni Maguire called Don’t Tell Mummy
I read it in less than 2 hours.  I was horrified, saddened, shocked, in fact I was a whole lot of things.  How someone can abuse a child is beyond me.  Despite not having children of my own (not yet anyway) I felt my maternal instinct kick in, I felt the need to protect the little girl in the book, I felt compelled to read on, despite how horrified I was.  I decided that afternoon that I would never be able to be a social worker.  I would never be able to work in child protection, I just wouldnt be able to cope.  How people who work in those industries cope, I’ll never understand.

I’ll never understand how someone can turn off the images, the evidence they’ve seen and carry on with normal everyday life.  I’ll never understand how someone could abuse a child and act like it’s the most normal thing in the world.  I’ll never understand it.  I’ll never understand how someone who has been abused can write about their experiences for the whole world to read, and last of all, I’ll never understand why people buy these books to read them.

Part of me feels that I’m being very close minded – however I just cant bring myself to read them, nor can I bring myself to explore the reasons behind why they are written and why other people choose to read them.

These books are wildly distributed, in stores, supermarkets, online, which means anyone can buy them.  The book that I read, I got from my Mother In Law’s book shelf, she had it because it was given to her by a friend.  This friend obtained it because it was given to him by a friend.  She only gave him the book, because someone gave it to her 8 year old daughter as a birthday present.  In this hand me down chain, I’m the first person to have read it, it simply went from hand to hand and then on to a shelf.  However, who gives a child a book about a womans experience of child abuse?  Clearly someone stupid, or just very ignorant.
8 year old girls deserve books about girls their own age, ponies, princesses, harry potter, anything else but that.

I read a lot of different blogs, in fact most of the blogs I read are what are known as “MommyBlogs”.  Despite not having my own children, I enjoy reading what other “moms” deal with, the experiences they face with their own children, their own dilemas, and I know that one day my own blog will be completely restarted and I’ll be a mommy blogger too.  In reading all these different blogs, I’ve yet to come across a blog about child abuse, however I imagine the subject creates such strong emotions, that it’s unlikely that I’ll ever come across a post.  I doubt any mommy bloggers read my blog, but I do want to know their opinions.

I want to know if I’m the only person who feels like this, or if there are people out there who have similar feelings.  If people with kids have the same reaction as people without kids, if people with maternal/paternal instinct have the same feelings as those without any maternal/paternal instinct.

thoughts people, give them to me.

What do you think on the Genre of Abuse?

when depressed – eat ice cream

way-hey! found out yesterday that i have a following…well not so much a following. let me explain.
I started my blog, because everyone else is doing it. to be fair I’m actually rather poor at posting (despite my very early admissions that I would blog regularly) anyway so everyone is blogging, so i start too, and I think ok, no one is going to read the crap i write, except my friends who hear it first hand anyway, but then i get an email! from a reader! woo! so yeah. how very cool.
anyway – this one is for Nate

here are some recommendations – authors anyway

Karin Slaughter
Tess Gerritsen
Kim Harrison
Shanna Swendson
Katie McAlister
Kelley Armstrong
Michele Bardsley
Charlaine Harris
Rachel Vincent
MaryJanice Davidson
Rachel Caine
Karen Chance
Casey Daniels
Erin McCarthy
Victoria Laurie
Melanie Lynne Hauser
Shirley Damsgaard
Madelyn Alt
Michelle Rowen
Vicki Lewis Thompson
Ronda Thompson
Jenna McKnight
Stephanie Rowe
Kimberly Raye

these are just a few – hope you enjoy the books Nate!

Richard I will not have you turning that colour in front of Mrs Lennox!!

I am rather fed up today.
fed up of being sick.
fed up of being bored.
fed up of pretty much everything.

i think I might take my SLR for an outing soon, will have to wait until the weather improves a bit and I also have to go and get some film. really want to upgrade to a digital SLR, sadly the one I want is more than £700 and I don’t have the kind of money right now. well not to spend on a camera anyways.

perhaps I need some get up and drive. I could catalouge my books. but it’s a daunting idea of trying to get well over 500 books catalouged. If I was rich I could hire an assistant.

now that would be cool.
I could hire an assistant to catalouge my dvd’s and books. bring me lunch at work. do dry cleaning. do research on books I would like to read, then go and buy them!

I was thinking of writing but I still have writers block. perhaps I should try writing a kiddies book or something. gah. the cogs have become blocked with a load of drivel.

right, guess I’d better find something constructive to do.

i summon thee effrijim.

I’m reading one of my all time favourite series. An Aisling Grey, Guardian Novel.
Really good series of books. The first one was set in Budapest, and I loved it so much, that I just had to go to Budapest. Loved it.
The others have been based in Paris, London, and now this one has seen the lead go to Tibet. I don’t think I’ll be travelling to Tibet just yet though….

Anyhoo – she has this demon underling called Effrijim, Jim for short – and whilst earthbound he’s a newfoundland doggie. I love him so much.

I wish I had one. love it!

that way when people piss me off, or annoy me – I can summon him to eat them.

I think that perhaps I live in a world of my own……..either that – or I’m just a nutcase.

more than likely the latter.

sumpy sana squashed banana

I am now on page 205 of Northern Lights. It’s so very good. Even though I was only a hundred or so pages into the book, I still went to see the film, and I was quite disappointed.
It was an ok film, the book is just SOOO much better.

I’m quite tired today, because I got in late night and didn’t go to bed till gone 11. I had a late night the day before too, so it’s all catching up with me. How very annoying.

Yesterday evening Beth and I went to a chinese exhibition at the British Museum (it was on this time!) and we sampled tea’s, watched a Shaolin display, fan dancing, ribbon dancing. The dim sum sections was ridiculously expensive, so we left.

We then walked down Charing Cross road and came across this food court place. It was so cool. It had Chinese Zone, Chicken Zone, Moroccan Zone, Kebab Zone, Oyster and Sushi Zone, drinks zone. how cool. and so cheap to eat there!

anyhoo – got to run – got work to do, and I want to help Vic look at a picture of her enemy…..don’t ask.

laters!